Randolph Designs engages its Clientele with an inclusive approach to Environmental Design, in a manner that both questions and keenly refines the metamorphic relationship of how we inhabit our living, working and social environments. This complex endeavor requires an interdisciplinary approach to better the built realm.

Randolph Designs provides exceptional design experience that is highly responsive and carefully tailored to reflect the needs and desires of every discerning individual, company, organization or family served.


John Randolph is the founding principal of Randolph Designs He is an accomplished ´general design practitioner´; formally trained in Architecture and Environmental Design, Building, and Furniture design in the United States and in Denmark.

Prior to founding Randolph Designs, he co-founded San Francisco-based, Interim Office Of Architecture [IOOA], a highly acclaimed collaborative design studio, which he formed with Bruce Tomb in 1984. IOOA's publicly and privately commissioned experimental site-specific installations, buildings, interiors, and furnishings have earned numerous grants and awards, been exhibited in art galleries and museums, and been published both domestically and internationally. Both Randolph and Tomb taught and lectured throughout the United States and in Europe.

Past art-based IOOA collaborations and commissions include those with several well-known visual artists such as Lewis Baltz, Richard Misrach, Larry Sultan & Michael Mendell, and Catherine Wagner, environmental artists Ned Kahn, Doug Hollis, Mark Thompson, designer & director Tom Bonauro, choreographer Johanna Haigood, and with writer/cultural theorist Henry Urbach, the Helen Hilton Riser Curator of Architecture and Design at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In 1997, John Randolph went on to form Unified Studios for Design and Architecture (USDA), an independent furniture design cooperative, together with designers, Christopher Deam and Daven Joy. USDA was awarded the prestigious "Best Body of Work" award at the 1998 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

Along with the development of experimental furniture prototypes - the 1980s marked Randolph's creation of his Scissor Table. He developed a series of uniquely mutable tables designed for both domestic and working environments. Early prototypes are held in the permanent collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art´s Department of Architecture and Design. Today, the Scissor Table´s functionality continues to underscores its elegance and simplicity.

From 1998 to the present, John Randolph established and heads his San Francisco-based independent environmental design studio – Randolph Designs. Randolph also teaches intermittently and is an active guest critic and lecturer in several departments at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Between 1992 – 94, he taught at Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI Arc).

Randolph Designs is committed to creating dynamic and provocative furniture and environments that blur the boundaries traditionally separating design from art and architecture.  This convergence lies at the heart of Randolph Designs.
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Randolph Designs
808-B Alvarado Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Telephone: 415.305.0720